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Challenges of anaesthesia in the management of the surgical neonates in Africa

G Amponsah


Africa has one of the highest neonatal mortalities in the world, for which the commonest causes do not include surgical conditions such as some congenital
anomalies that are amenable to surgery but are not often operated on because of a number of challenges. These challenges include cultural beliefs and practices, dearth of human resource capacity, inadequate laboratory and
imaging support and lack of consumables and intensive or high dependency care facilities. Some of these challenges will be examined and highlighted using the acronym “ASKS” in this article.